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Long Chim–Affordable eats at MBS Celebrity Row

Well by affordable, I do mean relative to the other celebrity restaurants at Marina Bay Sands. The recently opened Long Chim takes the space that was formerly Guy Savoy. The thing that struck me most when I first heard that Bangkok based Michelin-Starred Australian chef David Thompson would be opening a restaurant in Singapore, was the rather unflattering name of “Long Chim”. Long Chim means “come and taste” in Thai, which is the restaurant’s invitation for you to come and try out its street food inspired Thai dishes.

I’m afraid my photos don’t do justice to the food this time round, as the restaurant was dark and bathed in yellow hues. You’re best checking out the mouth watering dishes on the Long Chim website itself.

Our friend from the UK was in town, and we were torn between impressing our friend with the Chinese cuisine at 9Goubuli (also at MBS) or checking out something new, ie Long Chim. Turns out said friend is a fan of Thai food, so the choice was easy. Interesting to note that the English are more used to spicy food, as compared to say the New Zealanders, probably due to the large population of Indians and Pakistanis.

Long Chim (1)

Long Chim boasts a very impressive entrance, despite its humble motto of featuring street food inspired cuisine. The wait staff will ask you if you’re going to have a drink first or head straight to dinner, which reveals David Thompson’s roots.  We took a long time to decide on the dishes to try because the menu is just 2 pages long, with the 1st page being more of single pax dishes type.

Long Chim (2)

Recently awarded the No. 7 spot on San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and 13th on World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 for his restaurant in Bangkok, Long Chim is Chef David Thompson’s first venture into casual dining. At first glance, the menu seems affordable, as most of the dishes are around $20+. But then again, it’s comfort food in casual plating that we’re talking about, even if the food does please in general.

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Thanying Restaurant

Of late, I have been trying to get my parents to try out new restaurants instead of the same old thing every time. When I say “same old thing”, I really do mean that! My parents are perfectly fine with eating at Sushi Tei three times a week! The problem partly stems from the fact that my father is a Pescetarian, and my mother is a health abiding citizen, so Japanese soups and fish fit their idea of healthy and not meat fare.

But being a food blogger, I find this extremely limiting and I’ve kinda reached the last straw. I’ve decided to take my parents to sample new places whether they like it or not! Thank god the results have been quite promising. Just today, I brought my parents to try out German food at Werner’s Oven in East Coast Road! That’s really quite a feat, but as always, the deal sweetener is when I say, “it’s okay, the bill is on me” !!!!!

We had a lovely meal at Thanying too, thanks to some vouchers I managed to lay my hands on. I think Thanying has seen better days in terms of numbers of patrons. My parents say that a decade ago, going to Thanying would have been a highlight. Well it still is, and the food is really very good, so it’s a pity that the restaurant was about only 1/4 full on the two occasions we had lunch there last month and the month before.

Thanying - Tom Yam Goong (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup with mushrooms) $10

Tom Yam Goong (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup with mushrooms) $10

Started off the meal with 2 soups. The first soup was an appetite pleaser, ie the Tom Yam soup. Lots of fresh prawns and mushrooms but be careful about not slurping too much soup too quickly. It was damn spicy even though the menu said “hint of spice”!

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Nakhon Bedok

This place is amazing. Every time I pass by Nakhon during dinner hours, it always has a snaking queue! The Bedok Nakhon is located at the left end of a HDB block. Once, I tried to get a seat at 9pm on a Sunday night, and I had to wait at least 20 minutes! This is despite there being a coffee shop on the opposite end of the HDB block. A couple of my friends have eaten at the Nakhon Hougang/Kovan branch and they like the food due to its home-style cooking and very affordable prices.

Nakhon

There is not much seating, which is partly the reason why the dinner queues are so long. I was here on a Friday afternoon for lunch at 1.30pm and the crowd was pretty manageable. We got a seat immediately. The food was also served surprisingly fast, especially for my beef noodles. Like within 2 or 3 minutes after ordering.

Nakhon - Beef Kuay Teow $4

Beef Kuay Teow $4

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to Thai food. I usually stick to my favourites like Beef Kuay Teow, Phad Thai or Green Curry with Rice. I don’t mind the taste of Tom Yam soup but it is usually too spicy for me, not just at Nakhon, but at Aroy Thai and Thai Express as well. Beef Kuay Teow is so super safe, I don’t even think it’s Thai! You can get this dish at Chinese Cze Char stalls!

This beef kuay teow  was pretty tasty, as all fried kuay teow are apt to be. It wasn’t overly oily, the noodles were firm and had a nice bite. There were numerous slices of beef which were tender, not overcooked, but I thought could do with a bit more flavour. Eggy bits dotted the dish. For $4, I thought it was a steal, considering the fact that it could actually cost more at Cze Char stalls, not to mention that Nakhon’s environment would be at least 1 notch higher than a coffee shop. They also have chicken or pork kuay teow, also $4.

Nakhon - Basil Seafood Rice $8 Basil Seafood Rice $8

My father was going to order the Seafood Fried Rice $6 when the waiter recommended the Basil Seafood Rice. This one I thought was quite expensive for a setting like Nakhon. Granted they gave 2 huge pieces of squid, 1 mussel along with some prawns and fish, but for $8 I would expect double the value of the Beef Kuay Teow!

My father said the dish was acceptable. I tried the squid, and I found it to be kind of soft on the inside. I wonder if it was because it was undercooked. I did like the slightly sweet gravy that was provided though.

Nakhon - Fish Cakes $6 Fish Cakes $6

A friend once told me he would not ever order such fish cakes as they are more flour than fish. I have to agree with him on that, there are no slivers of fish, nor a texture of minced fish. It really is more cakey than minced fish. Maybe Thai fish cakes are meant to be just normal fishcakes with a stronger fish essence? I’d actually tasted Nakhon’s fish cakes before but because I wanted something to nibble on, I insisted on ordering this even though my father asked me to take the salad. So I guess you could say that for a fishcake of this sort, it was enjoyable for me. Didn’t try the sweet sauce with diced peanuts as my father had walloped the entire thing. Blah.

These were the dishes I had 2 days ago. On a separate occasion, when accompanying a gluttonous friend, I ordered the Thai Red Ruby dessert on his recommendation just to be sociable since I’d already had dinner. That was way below expectations. While the red rubies were delightful to the eyes and pretty enjoyable as they were crunchy on the inside yet sticky on the outside, the milky liquid they sat in was severely diluted. Also, I was expecting a generous amount of the red rubies, but it was not to be.

I think Nakhon is still worth a try since it is on the whole pretty affordable. There are hits and misses but if you stick to the safe dishes, you shouldn’t be disappointed. I’m quite keen to try out more of their dishes soon so watch this space for more updates.

Nakhon Bedok Branch

Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-166 Singapore

Tel: +65 6245 5548

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Mai Thai Restaurant at Greenwich V

Another lovely restaurant we visited during our Amazing Blogger Race through Greenwich V was the Mai Thai Restaurant. Unlike Paradise Inn which I have been before and familiar with, this was the 1st time that I had heard of Mai Thai Restaurant.

It was soothing to enter the bright and cheery restaurant, and greeted with customary Thai hospitality. Apparently, the restaurant’s motto is “Prioritizing Service over Food”. Sounds odd at first, but it goes to show the amount of confidence they have in the quality of their food that they wish to also highlight service as a priority.

Similar to Paradise Inn, Mai Thai at Greenwich V also boasts floor to ceiling glass walls, or should I call it windows, which lets in sunlight, allowing the food to appear even more attractive and palatable under the natural lighting.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Decorative Piece

Check out this huge decorative piece or what you may call it. Stunningly pretty to look at, photo doesn’t do justice.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Prawn Cake (2)

Prawn Cake / Tod Mun Goong (5 pieces for $12) – Deep fried prawn patty with plum sauce. Enjoyed the prawn cake very much. It was piping hot and crisp on the outside. There was a lot of prawn in the prawn cake, which is good cuz some places like to fool you by giving more fillers instead. The sweet sour plum sauce was a great accompaniment to the prawn cake and on the whole, whetted my appetite even though I’d already eaten a lot at the previous restaurant!

Mai Thai Restaurant - Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yam Soup/ Tom Yam Goong $16.50 – Classic Thai spicy & sour soup with prawns and mushrooms. I can’t take overly spicy food and this spicy Tom Yam soup literally changed my definition of how spicy a soup can be! Beware, don’t take large gulps at one go no matter how appetising it may look! After using the Thai Iced Tea to cool down my tongue, I managed to cut through the spiciness and appreciated the freshness of the ingredients. The soup is very clean tasting and the ingredients such as prawns and mushrooms still retain a good bite. Also loved the tomatoes which added a nice tangy zing to the soup.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Basil Chicken (2)

Basil Chicken / Ka Pao Gai $15.50 – Stir-Fried minced chicken with Thai chili paste, basil leaves & onions. Another spicy dish so beware. The chicken was fragrant and tender. A good dish to order with rice.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Beef Panaeng (3)

Mai Thai Beef Panaeng / Panaeng Nuea $18 – Beef shin in rich red “Panaeng” curry of coconut milk and enhanced with herbs. I was surprised by how tender the beef was. I ate one whole piece by myself even though I was practically bursting. The curry was rich and flavourful. Interestingly, this curry dish wasn’t as spicy as the Tom Yam Soup or the Basil Chicken.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea $3.50 – And a very refreshing large glass of Thai Iced Tea to wash down all the spiciness. They also have a Thai Iced Coffee, which I’d originally wanted to order to give me extra energy, but it was sold out.

All too soon, we had to bid adieu to Mai Thai (yes we spent a grand total of 20 minutes there!) in our quest to finish the Greenwich V Amazing Blogger’s Race. Hope to be able to visit Mai Thai again soon. Easties and Westies can rejoice for Mai Thai is also located at Telok Kurau as well as Chip Bee Gardens.

Mai Thai Restaurant - The Urban Group YEAH!

Read about my visit to Paradise Inn at Greenwich V, as part of the Amazing Bloggers Race.

Mai Thai Restaurant

#02-03 Greenwich V

1, Seletar Road Singapore 807011

Tel: 6752 3688 / 6752 4688

Website http://www.maithai.com.sg/       Email: info@maithai.com.sg

Lunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Other Outlets

Holland V Branch
Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga

#01-58 Chip Bee Gardens Singapore 278116

Phone: +65 6474-3108    Fax: +65 6474-3100

Telok Kurau Branch

402 East Coast Road

Singapore 428997

Phone: +65 6344-0118    Fax: +65 6346-0616

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